Don MacLean was born in Gabarus Lake on Cape Breton Island. He attended St.Francis Xavier University (BSc., 1976) and Memorial University (MSc., 1985). He works as a fisheries biologist in Nova Scotia.
Don writes on a variety of outdoor related topics as well as traditional crafts from wood carving to canoe building. His articles have appeared in Atlantic Salmon Journal, Saltscapes, Eastern Woods and Waters, Canadian Fly Fisher, Northwoods Sporting Journal, Outdoor Canada, Atlantic Boating News and Fly Tyer. He is the author of two books. Don’s weekly newspaper columns on sportfishing and the outdoors appears in the Cape Breton Post, New Glasgow News, Truro Daily News and the Antigonish Casket.